April 26, 2012

Pinterest Dinners

So, if you use Pinterest, I'm sure you've had the same experience as me, some recipes are hits, some are fails, and some are just okay.  Here are a few of my okays.  The vegetarian chili is the best of these recipes.  You might love them, it seemed like other people did, hence why I tried them.

Chicken Enchilada Soup:

I'm not a huge fan of red enchilada sauce, but I thought I would try this soup anyway.  It was good.  John liked it, but I don't think I'll make it again just because there are a thousand other recipes out there I like better.  You can find the recipe HERE

Monterey Chicken:

This was also good, but not fantastic... I changed it to be cooked in the crockpot, because I was short on time.  I put frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot (meaning I did not flatten them) and cooked them with garlic powder, minced onion, and BBQ sauce.  Once cooked, I added the cheese, Ro-tel, and bacon pieces.  Once again, probably will never make again, but HERE is the recipe if you'd like to try it. 

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili:

This was also good, and a great meatless version of chili.  For real, my husband didn't know there wasn't meat in it until I told him...  It is very hearty.  My uncle, who was visiting, said it should have another can of kidney beans too.  I found this recipe HERE, and was surprised when I clicked on the link and it took me to a blog of someone I knew ten years ago!!  My first job out of college was with the American Cancer Society, and Maria was one of our (best) interns.  I loved working with her, and she is seriously the sweetest person ever.  I don't know if this is going to go in my regular dinner rotation, who am I kidding, I don't have a regular dinner rotation -   I just like my chili recipes enough to not sub in a meatless version.  But, it is really good if you are looking for vegetarian dishes!!  


  1. Using lots of quinoa lately, but certain children act like it's poison. So I'll have to try the chili and then tell them afterward . . . .

    I wonder if the chicken recipe was less than stellar because of the crockpot. I've noticed I get better chicken results baking/roasting in the oven.

  2. chicken recipe - nope, it was the flavor... rotel is better in things. it just tasted like canned tomatoes and chicken... i prefer chix. in the crock pot, more moist.

  3. I've had a lot of dry crockpot chicken - which sounds odd, I know. Even when it's swimming in a sauce, the white meat itself just seems dry. Maybe because it's so easy to overcook it. My crockpot is rather fast. So I've given up on it. Plus, I love some nice crispy, crunchy skin, and I can't get that in the crockpot. But I still do love my crockpot for many things.

  4. i have overcooked it before, and it was dry from that, and diff. crock pots cook differently - my new one cooks faster than my old one. i use a meat thermometer now, so mine is always juicy.


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